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Audi 100
Audi 100 quattro

Your new Audi represents a consummate blend of sophisticated automotive technology and old world German
It has been manufactured at the finest production facilities in the world, where the past and the future have come
together. Where generations of dedicated Audi craftsmen exercise a lineage of Audi thought, technique and pride.
As a descendant of the finest motorcars in Germany, Audi began as an image in the minds of these craftsmen and
was the nurtured in their hands. This proud heritage originated with the prominent coach builders of the Auto UnionHorch, Audi, Wanderer &DKW.
Their vision and their practice continues in the creation of the most actively safe and reliable motorcars we can
We do this to make you the most assured driver you can be.

Your new Audi
may have all or some of the equipment
described in this manual. Therefore, you
may find explanations of equipment not
installed in your vehicle.
Check with your authorized Audi dealer
on available options or accessories.
Your Owner's Manual
applies to all Audi 100 and Audi 100
quattro models currently sold in the USA
and Canada, It contains important
operating safety information. Keep this
booklet in your glove box at all times for
ready reference.
Read it before you drive your new
vehicle. Pay particular attention to the
"Break-in period hints" and to all points
listed under "Vehicle operation".
Acquaint yourself with your vehicle's
features and know how to operate it
more safely. The more you know about
your Audi, the more you will enjoy driving
it. For your own protection and longer
service life of your vehicle, always heed
our instructions and warnings. Ignoring
them could result in extensive damage or
serious personal injury.

WARNINGS concern safety and are
color identified throughout this
Please note that the items of equipment
marked with an asterisk* may be
standard on certain models but are only
available as options on other models.
In addition to this Owner's Manual, your
Audi 100/Audi 100 quattro comes with
§ the Radio Operating Instructions,
§ the Warranty Booklet and
§ the Maintenance Booklet.
Your Warranty booklet
which is a separate booklet, contains
detailed information about the warranties
covering your Audi.
Your Maintenance booklet
which is a separate brochure, explains
how you can keep your Audi in top
driving condition by having it serviced
regularly. Always have the Maintenance
booklet with you when you take your
vehicle to an Audi dealer for service.
Your Service Adviser will record each
scheduled service.

In Canada,
these manuals are also available in
French. To obtain a copy, contact your
dealer or write to:
Au Canada on peut se procurer un exempliaire de ce Manuel en francais aupres
du concessionnaire ou de:
Volkswagen Canada, Inc.
Customer Assistance
Assistance a la Clientele
1940 Eglinton Ave. East
Scarborough, Ontario
If you sell your Audi
the Owner's Manual, the Warranty booklet and the Maintenance booklet should
be left in the vehicle to make the Warranty terms as well as all operating, safety
and maintenance information available to
the next owner.
If you change your address or if you
bought this Audi used
be sure to send in a "Notice of Address
Change" / "Notice of Used Car Purchase" post card, This card can be found in
the Warranty booklet or obtained from
your Audi dealer.
It is in your own interest that we can
contact you should the need arise.



Illustration instruments
and controls.......................................... 4
Warning and indicator light
symbols ................................................ 6

Break-in period – and afterwards .......81
Operate your vehicle safely................82
Operate your vehicle economically
and minimize pollution........................84
Trailer towing ......................................85
Driving your Audi 100quattro..............87

Keys, central locking system............. 7,8
Anti-theft alarm system ...................... 11
Power windows, mirrors ............... 12, 13
Safety belts,
head restraints.............................. 15, 22
Seats, ski sack ............................. 23, 28
Luggage compartment,
Pedals........................................... 30,33
Brakes, transmission............... 34,38,39
Steering lock/ignition/
starter switch ...................................... 42
Starting procedures............................ 43
Instrument cluster............................... 44
Warning/indicators lights .................... 47
Auto-check system............................. 52
Trip computer ..................................... 56
Switches ............................................. 59
Light switch, turn signals,
cruise control ................................ 62, 63
Windshield wipers,
emergency flasher........................ 64, 65
Heating, electronic climate
control system .............................. 66, 70
Sliding / prop-up roof.......................... 73
Telephone........................................... 76
Roof rack ............................................ 80

Fuel tank, fuel supply.....................90,91
Vehicle care (exterior/interior) ............94
Maintenance, inspection intervals ......99
Engine hood,
engine compartment..................101,102
Lubricants, engine oil.................104,105
Engine oil filter ..................................108
Transmission oil................................109
Power steering and brake booster ...111
Brake fluid.........................................112
Cooling system .................................113
Battery ..............................................116
Windshield washers/wipers..............119
Difficult operating conditions ............127
Winter driving....................................128
Accessories ......................................129

Jack and tools...................................130
Compact spare wheel.......................132
Changing a wheel.............................133
Fuses, bulbs .............................136, 138

Adjusting headlights .........................143
Replacing the radio...........................144
Emergency starting...........................145
Emergency towing ............................148
Lifting vehicle ....................................150

Engine transmission .........................151
Suspension, brakes, steering, body .152
Emission control system...................153
Digital electronic ignition...................155
All-Wheel drive..................................156
Safety system "ten", Air bag......159,160

Engine, spark plugs. V-belts......162,163
Capacities, dimensions.....................164
Weights .............................................165
Vehicle identification.........................166

Service manuals ...............................167

Location of servicing points ..............170

Alphabetical index.............................172



1 – Door Handle ..............................................................8
2 – Seat Position memory switch control ......................25
3 – Power window switches ..........................................12
4 – Adjuster control for outside mirrors .........................13
5 – Turn signal/headlight dimmer switch lever..............62
Cruise control ..........................................................63
6 – Light switch..............................................................62
7 – Side window defroster nozzles................................66
8 – Emergency flasher switch lever ..............................65
9 – Windshield wiper/washer lever................................64
Trip computer function control switch .....................56
10 – Steering lock/ignition/starter switch.........................42
11 – Instrument cluster and warning/indicator lights.......44
12 – Thumbwheel for air vents........................................66
13 – Air vents...................................................................66

14 – Switches for
– Electrically heated driver’s seat .............................. 59
– Rear window defogger............................................ 59
– Rear fog light........................................................... 59
– Anti-lock brake system (ABS)................................. 60
– Electrically heated front passenger's seat.............. 59
– Storage tray ............................................................ 79
15 – Radio
16 – Glove compartment (lockable) ............................... 78
17 – Climate controls ...................................................... 66
18 – Ashtray.................................................................... 78
19 – Parking brake lever................................................. 37
20 – Differential lock (Audi 100 quattro) ......................... 61
21 – Horn ...................................................................... 160
Air bag
22 – Release lever for engine hood ............................. 101
23 – Cigarette lighter/electrical socket............................ 77
24 – Gearshift lever......................................................... 38
Some features mentioned are standard equipment on some
models only or are options on others.
A separate brochure is provided for your factory-installed radio. If
you replace your radio, please be sure to read the notes in the
chapter "Do-it-yourself Service", page 144.
USA models only



*where applicable

if one of the lights marked with "STOP" comes on suddenly
while driving, move a safe distance off the road. Turn off the
engine, turn the emergency flasher on and use other warning
devices to alert other motorists. Go to listed page in your
owner's manual for explanations.



Your Audi comes with three keys:
two keys A (one with a light)
one key B.
All keys can be inserted into locks either
Key A is the master key and fits all locks
on the vehicle.
To switch on key with light:
§ Press round button in the center of
the key handle and hold.
To replace battery or bulb:
§ Insert a coin in the slit at the side of
the key head and pry out cover.
§ Replace battery or bulb.


Spare batteries or bulbs are available at
your Audi dealer.
Key B is the secondary key and is only
for the doors, the steering/ignition lock,
and the lockable tank cap. The luggage
compartment and glove compartment
cannot be opened with this key.
Tag C gives the key number.
For your protection against theft:
§ Record the key number and keep it
in a safe place, such as your wallet. Do
not keep it in the vehicle.
§ If you should lose a key, provide
your Audi dealer with the key number to
obtain a duplicate key.
in addition to the plastic tag, there may
also be a metal tag showing part of the
vehicle identification number. This tag is
no longer required after the vehicle has
been delivered.
§ Do not leave your vehicle
unattended with the key in the ignition
lock. Take the key and lock the doors.

A chime will sound when you open the
driver's door with the key left in the
ignition lock. This is your reminder to
remove the key and lock the doors.
If the chime continues to sound after
pulling out the ignition key and opening
the door, you have forgotten to turn off
the headlight switch and/or the radio.
§ Do not leave children unattended
in the vehicle especially with access
to vehicle keys. Unsupervised use of
the keys can result in starting of the
engine and use of vehicle systems
such as power windows, power
sunroof, etc. Unsupervised use of
these systems can result in serious
personal injury.
§ Do not remove key from steering
lock while you are driving or as the
vehicle is rolling to a stop. The
steering column wilt lock when you
remove the key, and you will not be
able to steer the vehicle.


The central locking system locks or unlocks doors and the rear lid simultaneously. It is actuated from the driver's or
front passenger's door.
When the ignition key is fully inserted in
the ignition lock, the central locking
function from the front passenger's door
is partially deactivated: raising the locking
knob in the front passenger's door will
unlock all doors, however, depressing
the locking knob will only lock this
particular door.
When the central locking system is actuated, all locking knobs on window sills
should move simultaneously. If one knob
does not move when locking doors, open
that particular door and close it properly.
If the driver's door is open, it cannot be
locked from the front passenger's door.


When you unlock the driver's or front
passenger's door with the key from
the outside or raise the locking knob
in either front door from the inside,
wait until all locking knobs are raised
before you open one of the doors. In
the winter, it can take a few seconds
until all knobs are raised.
The rear lid can be locked and unlocked
individually with the key; manual lock
operation will override the power lock

To lock, unlock and open doors from
the outside
§ Lock and unlock, turn master or secondary key in lock of driver's or front
passenger's door.
§ Open the doors by pulling up on the
handle (arrow).
§ All doors (except the driver's door)
can be locked by first depressing locking
knob and then closing the door.
§ The driver's door can only be locked
from the outside with the key. This precaution was taken to prevent locking the
driver's door while the key is still inside
the vehicle.

To lock, unlock and open doors from
the inside
§ To lock or unlock depress or raise
the locking knob on the window sill of the
front doors. When the key is fully inserted
in the ignition lock, the doors can only be
locked simultaneously by actuating the
locking knob in the driver's door.
Depressing the knob will lock all doors
and prevent opening the doors from
inside and outside.
§ To open doors, raise locking knob in
driver's or front passenger's door and pull
the inside door handle.
The rear doors can be locked or
unlocked independently of the central
locking system with the locking knob in
each particular door.

§ Locking doors from the inside
can help prevent inadvertent door
opening during an accident and
generally while the vehicle is in
motion. Locked doors can also
prevent unwanted entry from the
outside. Locked doors can, however,
also delay assistance to vehicle
occupants and rescue from the
outside in the event of an accident or
other emergency.


Do not leave children inside the
vehicle without supervision, if the locking
knobs in the driver's or front passenger's
door are depressed, all doors will be
locked automatically. In an emergency it
would be impossible to open the doors
from outside without a key.

Child lock for rear doors
To prevent children riding in the back
seat from accidentally opening the rear
doors, a safety mechanism is provided.
§ To engage child lock, move small
lever at lower edge of lock inward.
§ Close door.
§ Child lock is securely engaged if rear
doors cannot be opened from the inside
with locking knob in either raised or
depressed position.
Rear doors can be opened from the
outside only when locking knob is raised.
Remember, when the child safety locks
are engaged, the rear doors can only be
opened from the outside
Deactivate child lock when no longer


Rear Iid
§ With the key slot in horizontal
position (a), the lid can be locked and
unlocked by the central locking system.
§ With key slot in vertical position (b),
the rear lid remains locked when
actuating the central locking system. This
provision has been made to facilitate
permanent locking of the rear lid when
leaving your vehicle in a public garage or
workshop. Take master key with you and
leave secondary key with attendant.


If the rear lid is closed with lock slot in
compartment can only be opened with
the master key:
§ Insert key in lock slot.
§ Turn key all the way to the right (c)
and hold in this position.
§ Press lock cylinder in and raise lid,
§ Remove key.
The luggage compartment light will come
on when the rear lid is opened.
§ To close rear lid, swing lid down
Keep the rear lid locked at all times to
prevent unauthorized access to the

§ When closing the rear lid of the
Wagon/Avant always check whether
the catch has engaged properly by
trying to lift the lid. If this is not the
case, the lid may suddenly fly open
while driving even though it has been
§ To help prevent poisonous
exhaust gas from being drawn into the
vehicle, always keep the rear lid
closed while driving.
Do not transport objects larger than
those fitting safely into the luggage




On vehicles with heated front door locks
the heating in the lock cylinder is
activated by briefly pulling the door
handle. The heating operates at ambient
temperatures below about 41° F or +5°C.
predetermined period which is controlled
automatically according to the ambient
temperature, but not longer than about
50 seconds. It is not possible to extend
this period by pulling the door handle
Once the heating has switched itself off,
it can be reactivated by pulling the door
handle again.

The anti-theft alarm system triggers an
acoustic alarm and switches on the
emergency flasher if it senses unauthorized interference with the vehicle.
When the vehicle is locked the alarm
system monitors and protects the
following parts of the vehicle:
§ engine compartment
§ luggage compartment
§ doors
§ radio
§ ignition.

. 1

)USA Models only


The windows and sliding/prop-up roof
are not monitored.
The alarm system is switched on automatically when the driver's or front passenger's door is locked, and switches off
when either door is unlocked. The system becomes active about 30 seconds
after the vehicle is locked.
The horn sounds briefly when the vehicle
is locked to confirm that the alarm system
is operative and that all doors are
properly closed. If the horn does not
sound, check trie doors and close them
properly. The horn will not sound if a door
is closed when the system is already
switched on.

* where applicable

The rear lid can be opened separately
with the key even when the system is
active. This will not trigger the alarm.
When the rear lid is closed the luggage
compartment will again be included in the
alarm circuit.
The alarm will be triggered if one of the
doors, the engine hood or the rear lid are
opened without using the key, or if the
ignition is switched on or the radio
removed. When the alarm is triggered
the horn sounds and all four turn signals
flash simultaneously for about 4 minutes.
The engine cannot be started until the
system is switched off with the key at
either the driver's or front passenger's
The alarm will be triggered a second time
if one of the protected parts of the vehicle
is interfered with again after the alarm
has stopped (for instance if the radio is
removed after one of the doors has been
forced open).




Normally, the power windows can be
opened and closed only with the ignition
However, when the ignition is off the
windows can still be operated as long as
the driver's door is closed. When the
driver's door is opened, power window
operation will be deactivated.
The control switches for alt windows are
installed in the armrest of the driver's
door (see above illustration).
An additional switch is installed in each
armrest for the convenience of front and
rear passengers (see right illustration).
§ Switches 1 and 4 operate the front
door windows.
§ Switches 2 and 3 operate the rear

Safety switch S serves to activate
the switches in the rear doors.
§ To open the left front door window
push the rear of switch 1 briefly. The
window will open fully and quickly for the
driver's convenience.
For intermediate open window positions,
the front of switch 1 must be depressed
§ To close the left front door window,
the front of switch 1 must be depressed
continuously until the window is
completely closed.
Do not put anything on or near the
windshield or any other window that
may interfere with the driver's vision.
The rear windows can only be opened
and closed and the cigarette lighter only
works when the safety switch (S) in
driver's door is depressed. This feature
has been provided for the safety of small
children riding in the rear of the vehicle.

Do not leave children unattended in
the vehicle especially with access to
vehicle keys. Unsupervised use of the
keys can result in starting of the
engine and use of vehicle systems
such as power windows, power
sunroof, etc. Unsupervised use of
these systems can result in serious
personal injury.
Remember also that the power
windows are inoperative only after the
ignition key has been removed and
the driver's door opened.

Adjust the outside and inside mirrors
before driving and after adjusting your
seat to proper driving position. It is
important for safe driving that you have
good vision to the rear.
The outside mirrors are hinged and yield
when struck from either direction.
§ The right hand mirror has a
curved (convex) surface. Always
remember that vehicles or other
objects seen in a convex mirror will
look smaller and appear farther away
than when seen in a flat mirror. Do not
use this mirror to estimate distance of
following cars when changing lanes.
§ The left hand mirror may have an
aspherical surface with different
angles. This mirror increases the area
of vision even more than a convex
mirror. Therefore, do not use this
mirror to estimate the distance of
following cars when changing lanes.
Whenever possible, use the inside
mirror to determine the actual
distance and size of vehicles or
objects seen in the convex mirror.

If the electrical adjustment of the mirror
should not respond, the mirrors can still
be adjusted by pushing lightly on the
edge of the mirror glass.
When the rear window defogger is
switched on, the outside mirrors are
electrically heated at the same time (see
page 59).

Outside mirrors
The outside mirror should be adjusted so
that the side of your own vehicle can just
be seen. This setting ensures the best
possible field of view, and in addition it
serves as an instant check on the mirror
With the ignition on, both outside mirrors
can be adjusted using the rocker switch
§ Push button (L) to adjust the mirror
on the driver's side, button (R) for the
mirror on the passenger's side.
§ To adjust the position of the mirror,
push the rocker switch in the direction
you wish to move the mirror surface.


To ensure the best possible anti-glare
effect, the lever should be pointing
forwards when the basic mirror setting is
Daylight driving – lever to front
Night driving
– lever to rear

Inside day-night mirror
You can adjust the day-night mirror from
clear daylight visibility to non-glare
visibility at night by moving the lever at
the bottom of the mirror.


Safety belts have been shown to be
the single most effective means available for reducing the potential for
serious injury and death in automobile
accidents. Therefore for your own
protection as well as that of your
passengers always properly wear
safety belts when the vehicle is in motion. Also pregnant women, injured or
physically impaired persons should
use safety belts.
In order to provide the maximum level
of protection safety belts must be
property positioned on the body.
Improperly positioned safety belts can
cause serious personal injury in case
of an accident. Therefore read and
always observe all of the following
instructions and warnings pertaining
to the use of the safety belts installed
in your vehicle.
§ When fastening the tap/shoulder
belt, the shoulder belt should be
positioned midway over the shoulder never across the neck. See illustration
on page 19.
§ Always make certain that the
safety belt tongue is inserted into the
safety belt buckle associated with the
corresponding seat. Attaching the

safety belt to the buckle for another
seat could reduce safety belt
effectiveness and cause injury.
§ The combination lap/shoulder belt
on the front seats can be adjusted to
fit comfortably – see page 18.
§ Do not wear shoulder part of belt
under your arm or otherwise out of
position. This would increase the risk
of serious injury in case of an
§ Do not use comfort clips or devices which create slack in the shoulder
belt portion and can increase the risk
of injury in an accident. However such
clips may be required in the proper
use of some child restraint systems.
§ Never strap in more than one
person, including small children, with
each belt. It is especially dangerous to
place a safety belt over a child sitting
on your lap.
§ The lap belt must be worn low
and tight across the pelvis. Make sure
any slack is wound on the retractor,
§ Belts should not be worn twisted.
§ Do not wear belts over rigid or
breakable objects in or on your
clothing, such as eye glasses, pens,
keys, etc. as these may cause injury.


Several layers of heavy clothing
may interfere with proper positioning
of belts and reduce the overall
effectiveness of the system.
§ Keep belt buckles free of any
obstruction that may prevent secure
§ Make sure the belts of the
unoccupied seats are in their stowed
§ Belts that have been subjected to
excessive stretch forces in an
accident must be replaced.
§ Belts must not rub against sharp
§ Do not allow safety belts to
become damaged by becoming
caught in door or seat hardware.
§ Inspect your belts periodically, If
belts show damage to webbing,
bindings, buckles or retractors, they
must be replaced.
§ If belts do not work properly, see
your Audi dealer.
§ Do not modify or disassemble the
safety belts in your vehicle.

WARNING continued
§ The belts must be Kept clean as
otherwise the retractors may not work
property (also see "Vehicle care",
page 97).
§ Never bleach or dye safety belts.
§ Do not allow safety bells to retract
until they are completely dry


Child safety
AH vehicle occupants and especially
children should be restrained when
ever riding In cars. Holding a child in
your arms is not a substitute for a
child restraint system. In an accident,
a child held in a person's arms can be
struck or crushed by any unrestrained
rider. An unrestrained child could also
be injured by striking the interior, or
by being ejected from the vehicle
during a sudden maneuver or impact
Do not allow children to stand or
kneel on the seat. A child restraint
system can help protect a child in a
Accident statistics have shown that
children are generally safer in the rear
seat area than in the front seating
A suitable child restraint properly
installed and used at one of the rear
seating positions provides the highest
degree of protection for infants and
small children in most accident

Commercially available child seats are
required to comply with U.S. Federal
Safety Standard
(FMVSS) 213 (or in Canada, CMVSS
installation requirements which utilize
a tap belt or the lap portion of a
combination lap-shoulder belt such as
that installed in your vehicle.
Should these safety belts be too
short, a special lap belt adapter is
available from your Audi dealer.
When purchasing a child restraint,
select one which properly fits your
child and your car.
Only use child restraint systems
which fully contact the flat portion of
the seat cushion. The child seat must
not tip or lean to either side. We do
not recommend the use of child seats
which rest on legs or tube-like frames
because they do not provide adequate
contact with the seat.

Improperly or Inadequately instated
child restraint systems can increase
the risk of injury to children in
accidents, therefore always carefully
read and follow all instructions on
installation and use that come with
the system.
Children must be positioned so that
the shoulder belt does not contact or
remain in front of the face, chin, neck
or throat. Failure to follow this
precaution can increase the risk or
severity of injury in the event of a
In summary:
Children who are less than 12 years
old should always sit in the rear.
For reasons of safety a child should
only occupy the front seat if all of the
rear seating positions are already
occupied by other children.
The children should wear, depending
on age and body size, either a child
restraint system or the existing safety
§ Babies and children up to about 6
or 7 years should be secured with a
child restraint system designed for
their size.


Children of average size of about
6 or 7 years of age may use available
safety belts. Always make sure that
the shoulder portion of a three point
belt is positioned midway over the
shoulder – it must never rest against
or across the neck. See illustration
page 19. The lap belt or the lap belt
portion of the three point belt must
always pass as low as possible
across the pelvis, never over the
If the safety belt will not properly fit
the child, we recommend the use of a
suitable booster seat in a rear seating
position in order to raise the child's
seating height so that the safety belt
will properly fit the child.


Belt warning system
A chime and a warning light are
interconnected with the driver's safety
Every time the ignition is turned on, the
safety belt warning light will come on for
about six seconds as a reminder to
buckle up. If the driver does not fasten
the safety belt, the chime will also come
on for the duration of this six second
period. With the driver's door closed, the
chime will go off as soon as the driver
has buckled up.

Adjusting shoulder seat belt
The front seat shoulder belt anchor on
the door pillar can be adjusted up or
down to accommodate the height of the
driver and the front passenger. The
second position from top is the standard
§ To adjust push the handle up or
down to position the shoulder belt
midway over the shoulder – never
across the neck. See illustration on the
next page.
§ Pull on the shoulder belt to check
whether belt anchor is securely locked in
Always heed WARNINGS on page 15


Lap-shoulder belt
The combination lap-shoulder belt is
equipped with a locking retractor. The
system adjusts automatically to your size
and movements as long as the pull on
the belt is slow.
Hard braking or a collision locks the belt.
The belt will also lock when you drive up
or down a steep hill or in a sharp curve.
§ Before fastening the safety belt first
adjust your seat-see page 23.
§ To fasten, grasp belt tongue and pull
belt in continuous slow motion across
your chest and lap.




Insert belt tongue into buckle on
inboard side of seat. Push down until it is
securely locked with an audible click. Pull
belt to check.
§ Pull upwards on shoulder section to
make sure belt fits snugly across the
§ The shoulder belt must be positioned over the shoulder – it must never
rest against the neck. See illustration.

Belts should fit snugly across the
pelvis and chest. Make sure any slack
is wound up on the retractor.
§ Adjust height of belt anchorage, if
necessary. Do not wear shoulder part of
belt under your arm or otherwise out of
position. This would increase the
possibility of serious injury in case of an
§ To unfasten belt, push in release
button on buckle, Belt will spring out of
§ To release a locked belt, lean back
to take the body pressure off the belt,
§ To store lap-shoulder belt, allow belt
to wind upon retractor as you guide belt
tongue to its stowed position.

Always heed WARNINGS on page 15

Lap belt
The lap belt for the rear center seating
position is equipped with a retractor.
The automatic retractor will lock the lap
belt when your passenger has buckled
up, and the remaining slack has been
retracted. Make sure any slack is
wound on the retractor.
The belt can only be pulled out after it
is fully retracted.
§ To fasten lap belt grasp belt tongue
on outboard side of seat and slowly and
evenly pull across the pelvis. Insert belt
tongue into the respective buckle and
push down until it is securely locked with
an audible click. Pull belt to check.


§ To reduce the risk of injury m an
accident, position the lap belt as low
as possible across the pelvis.
§ To unfasten belt, push in release
button in the buckle.
§ To fasten lap belt, grasp belt tongue
on outboard side of seat, pull across
pelvis and insert in inboard buckle.

During pregnancy
Pregnant women should always wear
safety belts. The lap belt must be worn
snugly and as low as possible across the
pelvis. To avoid pressure on the
abdomen the belt must never pass over
the waist.
Injured persons and the physically
We recommend that injured persons and
the physically impaired wear safety belts
instructions provided above still apply,
your doctor can give you special
recommendations when necessary.

Safety systems
The vehicle is equipped with the "ten"
safety system which gives the driver and
front passenger greater protection in an
accident, provided that they are
wearing safety belts.
The system automatically pretensions
the safety belt for the driver and the front
seat passenger in the event of a severe
frontal impact.
The system is described on page 159.

Air bag
The air bag system, in conjunction with
the "ten" safety system, gives the driver
additional protection in a severe frontal
impact, provided that he wears the
safety belt.
More details on page 160.

Always heed WARNINGS on page 15


USA models only

Child restraint anchorages
(USA models)
Children under about six years of age
should not wear lap belts.
Depending upon the child restraint
system to be fitted, additional anchorage
points may be required for USA vehicles.
Audi 100 sedans can be fitted with three
anchorage points on the filler panel for
use with certain types of child restraints
requiring a tether strap.
Ask your Audi dealer for installation of
one or more anchor points and the
required hardware for the attachment of
the tether.
Child restraint anchorages
(Canada models)
If your child restraint seat or seats require
the use of a tether strap you will want to
use one or more of the three anchor
points provided on the filler panel behind
the rear seat on sedan models.

The right and the centre child restraint
anchorage are shown in the illustration
(see arrows}.
The right anchor point comes with the
hardware needed to attach the tether
strap. The other two anchor points have
been covered with plastic caps. The
hardware can be moved to one of the
other anchor points if required.
If more than one child restraint system is
to be used at the same time, the
necessary upper anchorage fitting must
first be mounted on the respective
anchor point.
The hexagon headed bolts, spacers and
fittings required for this purpose are
available from Audi dealers.

In the Avant models the three anchor
points have been installed under the
cargo floor. The center anchor point
comes with the necessary anchor fitting
to attach a tether strap (see illustration). If
necessary, the factory installed anchor
fitting can also be repositioned to any of
the other two anchorage points.
If more than one child restraint is to be
used at the same time, the necessary
anchor fitting must first be mounted on
the other anchorage points accordingly.
The hexagon head bolts and fittings
assemblies required for this purpose are
available from Audi dealers.
Always heed WARNINGS on page 15

To ensure proper installation the anchor
fittings or fitting assemblies should be
installed or repositioned by your Audi
§ Child restraint anchorages are
designed to withstand only those
loads imposed by correctly fitted child
restraints. Under no circumstances
are they to be used for adult seal belts
or harnesses.
§ Do not mount two child restraint
seats on one anchor point.


Do not drive the vehicle without the
head restraints provided. Head
restraints are designed to help reduce

The padded head restraints on the front
seats are adjustable.
Position front seat head restraints
according to the occupant's height. Only
properly positioned head restraints,
together with the use of safety belts offer
effective protection.
§ For height adjustment, grasp firmly
with both hands and pull up or push
§ For maximum protection the upper
edge should be at eye level.


§ For driver's and passenger's
protection make sure front seats are
securely latched in place,
§ Do not adjust the seat while the
vehicle is in motion. The seat may
move unexpectedly which could
cause sudden loss of vehicle control
or personal injury. .
§ Never store items under the seats.
This could interfere with the seat
§ The front seats should be adjusted
before fastening the safety belts.


Manually adjustable seats
1 – Forward and backward adjustment
§ Pull lever in front of seat.
§ Slide seat to desired position.
§ Release the handle and move seat
slightly back and forth to make sure it is
securely locked into position.
2 – Seatback adjustment
Turn wheel at inboard side of seat
cushion, with your body weight taken off
the seatback.


where applicable

To reduce the risk of serious persona)
injury in an accident, front seat
passengers must never ride in a
moving vehicle with the seatback
reclined. The risk of personal injury
will increase with increasing rearward
angle of the seatback.
Safety belts only offer optimum
protection when the seat back is
upright and belts are properly
positioned on the body. Improperly
positioned safety belts cause serious
personal injury in an accident.
3- Lumbar support adjustment
Adjust the backrest support by turning
the adjuster knob in the backrest adjuster
wheel. More or less support adjusts to
the natural curve of your lower back to
minimize fatigue, especially during long
On vehicles with electrical seat
adjustment, the lumbar support is
adjusted by turning the adjuster wheel,
not the adjuster knob.


USA models only



Switch A
- seat cushion rises at front
down - seat cushion lowers at front

4 – Height adjustment
§ Shift your body weight forward and
pull lever on outer side of seat upwards.
§ Raise the seat by shifting your body
weight forward and lower the seat by
shifting your weight backward.
§ Release the lever to lock the seat at
the desired height.
Height adjustment of head restraints
Head restraints must be adjusted
according to seating height of the
respective occupant. See page 22.


Electrically adjustable seats
The seat adjustment control switches are
located on outboard side of seats. The
controls also work with the ignition off.
adjustment works also with ignition
key removed, never leave children
Unsupervised use of the electrical
seat adjustments may cause serious


USA models only



where applicable

Switch B
Adjustment control for reach and height:
1 - seat moves up
2 - seat moves rearward
3 - seat moves down
4 - seat moves forward
Switch C
- seat cushion rises at rear
down - seat cushion lowers at rear
Switch D

- backrest moves forward
- backrest moves rearward

Lumbar support adjustment*
see previous page.


Memory switch controls
For the driver’s convenience, an electric
control panel for storage of 4 different
seat positions has been installed in the
door panel.

ON-OFF switch
During storage and recall, the switch
must be pressed in the "ON" position.
In case of a malfunction, switch the
memory system off by pressing the
switch to the "OFF" position. Have
your Audi dealer locate and correct the
problem. Until then, use switches on
outboard side of seat only.

To recall seat position from memory
With door open or within approximately
30 seconds after closing door, briefly
push the desired recall button. The seat
will adjust automatically to the stored
With doors closed, hold recall button
depressed until seat has reached the
stored position.

To store seat position in memory
Adjust seat with controls on outboard
side of seat. Depress and hold memory
bar and depress one of the 4 buttons to
store the desired position. Each
successive storage under the same
button cancels the previous one.

Do not recall seat position from
memory while the vehicle is in motion.

Electrically heated seats
With ignition on the backrests and seat
cushions of the front seats and the left
and right seating position of the rear seat
bench* can be heated electrically. See
page 59 for details.


where applicable



The armrest can restrict the driver's
movement when it is pulled down.
Therefore fold up the armrest when
driving in urban traffic.
Armrest for car telephone* – see page

Center arm rest
§ To fold up, swing the armrest up
until it locks in place.
§ To fold down, push in the button
(arrow) and swing armrest alt the way
§ To adjust height, pull armrest up
until it is in the desired position.


where applicable


§ The filler panel between the rear
seat and the rear window must not be
used for storage, even for small and
light items.
§ During sudden stops, stored
articles may fly forward causing injury
to vehicle occupants.
§ Even small objects can obstruct
the rear vision necessary for safe
§ Stored articles chafing against
the rear window can damage the
defroster wires.

switch in upper position:
switch in lower position:

With certain types of radio there is a
headphone connection on the filler panel
that enables the rear passengers to listen
through either the rear loudspeakers or
headphones. A selector switch is provided on the headphone connection:


Volume is controlled in the normal way
with the volume and/or fader controls on
the radio.
Suitable headphones can be obtained
from Audi dealers.

where applicable



By using the ski sack , you can transport
skis or other long objects safely and
without soiling or damaging the vehicle
Loading the ski sack
The ski sack is accessible from the rear
§ Fold out center armrest in the rear
seat backrest. Remove if desired (see
next page).
§ Open the Velcro fastener. Push the
release button for the flap (see illustration
and arrow}.
§ Pull out and unfold the ski sack.
§ Open the zipper in the ski sack,
reach in and push the flap upwards all
the way. The flap will be held open by a
§ Open the luggage compartment lid
and clear a space in the center.
§ Load skis or similar objects through
the luggage compartment into the interior
of the vehicle.
§ Secure the ski sack using the center
lap belt as shown in the illustration, right
§ Pull the seatbelt out and wrap it
once from underneath around the ski

where applicable


- insert the belt tongue into the buckle. To
tighten, pull the belt on the other end and
allow the excess length of the belt to
Stowing the ski sack
§ Reach through the zipper opening
and close the flap.
§ Fold the ski sack and stow it away.
Close the Velcro fastener.
Do not fold and stow away the ski sack if
it is damp (for example, snow melting
from skis). A water drain is provided on
the end of the ski bag for this purpose.

The ski sack is intended only for the
transportation of skis and other light
objects. To reduce the risk of serious
personal injury never transport heavy
or pointed objects in the ski sack.
When braking rapidly or during an
accident the load could be displaced
and cause injury to occupants. Sharp
edges on the load must be covered for
protection. Always fasten the center
lap belt tightly around the sack and its
contents (see illustration and description)


Removing and reinstalling center
§ The center armrest can be taken out
for convenience when using the ski sack.
§ Push aside the backrest upholstery
on each side of the armrest to expose
the armrest mountings.
§ Press back the catch (arrow) on
each side and lift out the armrest.
When reinstalling the armrest, push it
down into its mountings. Make sure that
the pins engage in the catches properly.


Cargo weight should be located in the
luggage compartment as far forward as
§ To help prevent poisonous
exhaust gas from being drawn into the
vehicle, always keep the rear lid
closed while driving. Therefore, do not
transport objects larger than those
fitting safely into the luggage area.
To reduce the risk of personal injury
during a collision or sudden
§ Take extra care when stowing
articles in the vehicle, whenever
possible stow articles in the luggage
§ If it is necessary to stow luggage
or other items inside the passenger
compartment, be sure that they
cannot fly forward in an accident or
§ Never exceed the Gross Axle
Weight Rating or the Gross Vehicle
Weight Rating which are specified on
the safety compliance sticker located
on the left door jamb. Exceeding
permissible weight ratings can result
in vehicle damage, accidents and
personal injury. See also page 165.

Storage space for small items
The covers of the left and right wells in
the trunk can be folded up to stow small
items. In the Wagon/Avant, a small
storage compartment is behind the right
side trim in the luggage compartment.

Expanding luggage compartment
(Wagon/Avant only)
The rear seatback is divided into two
sections which can be folded forward
together or individually to increase the
loading surface of the luggage
§ Press the release lever forward on
the left or right of the seatback (arrow)
and fold the seatback down onto the seat
§ On vehicles with rear head
restraints, these do not have to be
removed beforehand.
When the seatback is returned to its
normal position, make sure that the
catches on the seatback engage

To fold cover
Pull both ends of the rod out of the
recesses and push cover in evenly in a
straight line towards seatback until stop.


(Wagon/Avant only)
To unfold cover
§ Pull folded cover back evenly until
both ends of rod A engage in the rear
portion of the guide rails with an audible
§ Press both ends of rod B into the
retainers on the side trim.

To remove
§ Fold rear seatback forward.
§ Push down both covers on guide
§ Pull luggage compartment cover out
of guide rails evenly and in a straight line.

To install
§ Fold rear seatback forward and push
down both covers on guide rails.
§ Take up position on the rear seat
and insert rods on cover in guide rails
and push towards the rear.
§ Lift up both caps on guide rails.
§ Pull front rod forward until it engages
in both covers


§ The luggage compartment cover
between the rear seat and the rear
window must not be used for storage,
even for small and light items.
§ During sudden stops, stored
articles may fly forward causing injury
to vehicle occupants.
§ Even small objects can obstruct
the rear vision necessary for safe
§ Stored articles chafing against
the rear window can damage the
defroster wires


To remove
Fold cargo floor forward.
Unscrew the upper screw in
mountings on each side under the cargo
§ Lift out cargo floor.


Cargo floor (Wagon Avant only}
For maximum capacity, or for gaining
access to the spare wheel well, the cargo
floor can be lifted (arrow) and folded
forward towards the rear bench seat.

To install
§ Put folded cargo floor into place.
§ Engage mountings with lower
screws on each side under the cargo
§ Insert and tighten upper screws on
§ Unfold cargo floor as desired.


Do not install additional floor mats on
top because you will not be able to
fasten them down. If you remove the
floor mats for cleaning, be sure to
fasten them securely again when
For replacement your Audi dealer will be
glad to help you choose suitable floor
mats for your vehicle.

Floor mat fasteners are installed in the
footwells of the front seats.
Your vehicle is equipped with original
Audi floor mats, which must be attached
to these fasteners (see illustration). This
will prevent the floor mats from sliding
into positions that could interfere with the
safe operation of your vehicle.

The movement of the pedals must
never be obstructed by a floor mat or
any other object:
§ In case one of the two brake
circuits fails, increased brake pedal
travel is required to bring your vehicle
to a full stop.
§ It should always be possible to
depress the clutch and accelerator
pedals fully.
§ All pedals must be able to return
freely to their normal positions.
Only use floor mats which leave the
pedal area free and can be secured
with floor mat fasteners.


Functioning of brake system
Your vehicle is equipped with a power
assisted hydraulic dual circuit Anti-Lock
brake system (ABS) with disc brakes at
the front and rear. Both circuits function
independently. Each brake circuit
operates one front and rear wheel
diagonally. On quattro models brake
circuits are split front and rear. This
design, together with other front axle
features, also helps to keep you on a
straight course when braking.
For further information regarding AntiLock brake system see next page.
In the unlikely event of hydraulic failure of
one circuit, push the brake pedal down
firmly and hold it in that position. A
mechanical linkage activates the second
circuit, and you will be able to bring the
vehicle to a stop.
Failure of one brake circuit wit! impair
the braking capability resulting in an
increased stopping distance.


If one brake circuit fails, the other will still
operate. However, you will notice an
increased pedal travel when you step on
the brake. Should you encounter such
experience, bring your vehicle safely to a
full stop.
Avoid driving the vehicle and have it
towed to the nearest Audi dealer or
qualified workshop.
Brake operation and brake warning
Make it a habit to check the operation of
your brakes before driving. The brake
warning light will light up if the parking
brake is pulled and/or the brake fluid
level or the hydraulic brake booster
pressure is too low. For more details see
"Brake warning light" on page 50.
Keep in mind that the braking distance
increases very rapidly as the speed
increases. At 60 mph or 100 km/h, for
example, it is not twice but four times
longer than at 30 mph or 50 km/h. Tire
traction is also less effective when the
roads are wet and slippery. Therefore,
always maintain a safe distance.

Brake booster
The brake booster is supplied with
pressure from the hydraulic pump via the
hydraulic pressure reservoir. If the engine
is switched off or if the hydraulic pressure
supply should fail, the operating pressure
is retained. However, since the capacity
of the pressure reservoir is limited, it will
provide enough pressure for only a few
braking applications. If this should occur,
contact your authorized Audi dealer for
When the vehicle is moving with the
engine not running or in case of a
hydraulic system failure, more force
on the brake pedal is required to bring
the vehicle to a stop.


Anti-lock brake system (ABS )
The ABS contributes effectively to vehicle
control, since it prevents the wheels from
locking when the brakes are applied.
This means that the vehicle remains
steerable and is less inclined to skid.
If an individual wheel begins to rotate too
slowly in relation to vehicle speed and
tends to lock, the ABS automatically
reduces brake pressure to prevent that
wheel from locking.
This automatic adjustment process will
cause a slight vibration of the brake
pedal and some noises to alert you that
vehicle speed must be adapted to
existing road and traffic conditions.
Although the ABS is very effective
capability is limited by tire traction.
Always adjust your driving speed
according to the road and traffic
conditions. Do not let the extra safety
afforded by the ABS tempt you into
taking extra risks. The ABS cannot
overcome the laws of physics.


Every time the engine is started, the ABS
switches on automatically.
The ABS can be switched off and on by
depressing the main switch.
Normally the ABS should always be
switched on. Under certain conditions,
however, it may be advisible to switch the
ABS off manually. For further information
see page 60.
If the ABS is not functioning properly, a
warning light will come on. See page 49
for additional details.
When the rear differential lock is
engaged, the ABS will switch off as the
system is now unable to monitor
separately the rotation of the rear wheels.
As long as the differential lock is
engaged, the brake system will operate
normally. The ABS will switch on again
automatically when the differential lock is
disengaged or as soon as the vehicle
exceeds a speed of 15 mph or 25 km/h.




Moisture or road salt
§ Under certain climatic and
operating conditions such as passing
through water, driving in heavy rain or
after washing the vehicle the
effectiveness of the brakes can be
reduced, in winter ice can accumulate
on the brake pads, linings, discs and
drums. Cautiously apply brakes for a
test. Brakes will dry, ice coatings will
be cleaned off after a few cautious
brake applications.
§ Driving for an extended period of
time on salt covered roads without
using your brakes can also affect
braking efficiency. The accumulated
salt coating must be cleaned off the
brake discs and brake pads by a few
cautious brake applications.
§ Do not "ride the brakes" by
resting your foot on the pedal when
not intending to brake. This may
cause the brakes to overheat,
stopping distance.

where applicable




Before descending a steep grade,
reduce speed and shift transmission
into a lower gear or driving position to
control speed. Do not ride the brakes
or hold the pedal down too long or too
often. This could cause the brakes to
get hot and diminish braking
New brake pads or linings
§ New brake pads and lining do not
have optimum friction properties and
must be "broken in" during the initial 100
to 150 miles (150 to 200 kilometers) of
normal city driving. You can compensate
for this by applying more pressure on the
brake pedal. This also applies later when
new pads or linings are installed.


Brake fluid level
If the brake fluid level is too low,
malfunctions or even a failure in the
brake system could result Therefore, it is
important to check your brake fluid level
regularly. See page 112 for more details.
Low brake fluid is indicated by the brake
warning light (see page 50).


Failure of one brake circuit
If the brake pedal travel should suddenly
increase, one of the brake circuits may
have failed, Should this happen, you will
be able to bring your vehicle safely to a
stop, however, you will have to push
harder on the brake pedal and it will take
a longer distance to stop the vehicle.
Contact your authorized Audi dealership
for assistance.

Brake wear
The brakes on our automobiles are still
subject to wear depending largely on
operating conditions and driving habits.
On vehicles which are driven mostly in
stop-and-go city traffic or which are
driven hard, the brake linings should be
checked by your authorized Audi dealer
more often than specified in the
Maintenance brochure.
Front spoiler
If you install a front spoiler on your
vehicle, be sure the air flow to the front
brakes is not obstructed, otherwise the
brake system could overheat.


Parking brake lever
The parking brake lever is located
between the front seats.
§ To set the parking brake, pull the
lever up until strong resistance is felt.
With the ignition on. the brake warning
light will light up.
§ Depress brake pedal and hold while
releasing parking brake. To release the
parking brake, pull the lever slightly up,
depress the release button (arrow), and
then push the lever all the way down.
When the parking brake is fully released,
the brake warning light will go out.

§ Release the parking brake fully. A
partially engaged brake will overheat
the rear brakes, reduce their effectiveness and cause excessive wear.
§ Always set the parking brake
when parking your vehicle. Move the
selector lever to "P" (Automatic
transmission) or move the gearshift
lever to "R" or "1" (Manual transmission). On hills also turn the wheels
toward the curb.


The five forward gears and the reverse
gear are arranged as illustrated.
Drive in 5th gear for optimum fuel
economy when cruising. However if more
acceleration is required (when passing
for example) shift down.

Gearshift lever
Start engine with gearshift lever in
Neutral, clutch pedal depressed.
Always depress the clutch pedal fully
when changing gears. Do not hold the
vehicle on a steep hill with the clutch
pedal partially depressed. This may
cause premature clutch wear or
Resting your hand on the shift lever
knob while driving will cause
premature wear in the transmission.


To down-shift from 5th gear to 4th
gear, do not move shift lever to the left
to avoid shifting accidentally into 2nd
gear, which wilt suddenly increase
engine speed and may cause damage
and loss of vehicle control.

Only shift into Reverse when the
vehicle is not moving.
To engage Reverse, move lever to right,
press down and pull back.
When shifting from 5th gear to R, move
gearshift lever to the 3rd/4th gear level
Back-up lights go on when you engage
Reverse gear with ignition on.

Automatic Shift Lock (ASL) and
Warning buzzer
Automatic Shift Lock
Your Audi is equipped with an Automatic
Shift Lock (ASL). The ASL is an
electromechanical device that locks the
selector lever in the P-Park and
N-Neutral positions when the ignition is
on. The ASL prevents you from moving
the selector lever out of the Park and
Neutral positions unless you step on the
foot brake at the same time.
The shift lock in the N-Neutral position
has a time delay of one second which
prevents the selector lever from locking
when it is moved briefly through the N
position (for instance from R to D). The
shift lock only locks the selector lever if it
is left in the N position for more than
about one second without the brake
pedal being depressed.
In N-Neutral position the shift lock is
automatically deactivated when driving
faster than approximately 3 mph/5 km/h.
The ASL will not affect normal operation
of your car.
Warning buzzer
A warning buzzer will sound when you
open the driver's door with the selector
lever left in any other but P-Park posi-

tion. The warning buzzer will go off as
soon as the selector lever is moved to
the P-Park position.

Selector lever positions
Engage Park only when the vehicle is
stationary. Therefore, when parking your
vehicle, apply the parking brake first, and
then move the selector lever completely
to position P. To do this depress the
selector lever and push it through R to
P. When the R-Reverse position is
selected, you can shift to position P
without depressing the selector lever.
The transmission is then mechanically
Before you move the selector lever
from the P-Park position to R-Reverse
or any other position, you must

apply the foot brake before and while
depressing the selector lever.
Shift out of the Park position, before
releasing the parking brake.
When the vehicle is parked on a steep
hill, shifting out of Park may be a little
harder. This is due to the vehicle's weight
exerted on the transmission.
R – Reverse
Reverse should be selected only when
the vehicle has come to a full stop and
the engine is running at idle speed.
Before you move the selector lever to
the reverse position you have to
depress the selector lever.
Shift to this position for standing with
brakes applied.
When the vehicle is stationary or at
speeds below 3 mph/5 km/h, you must
always apply the footbrake before and
while moving the lever out of NNeutral.
Do not use Neutral for coasting downhill. Coasting downhill with the transmission in Neutral and the engine not
operating will result in damage to the
Automatic transmission.

D – Normal driving position
Position D is the normal driving position
for city and highway driving. It ranges
from zero to top speed, and all three
gears shift automatically, depending on
engine.load and driving speed.
2 – Position for hilly stretches
This position is to be used for mountain
driving or slow driving, and also when
you want to make use of the engine's
braking effect.
In "2", only the first and second gears will
engage automatically.
The road speed must not exceed 65 mph
or 105 km/h. Therefore, only shift down
into position "2" when vehicle speed
is below this speed. It is not necessary
to let up on the accelerator.
1 – Position for steep hills
This position is to be used for mountain
driving or slow driving. It also provides for
maximum engine braking effect. To
engage this gear depress the selector
lever first. In "1" the transmission will
stay in first gear and will not upshift.
The road speed must not exceed 30 mph
or 50 km/h. Only shift down into "1"
when vehicle speed is below this


In position 1, the cruise control is
Do not shift to a lower driving position
until vehicle speed has dropped below
specified limits otherwise engine
speed will suddenly increase and may
cause engine damage and loss of
vehicle control.
Driving the automatic transmission
Observe the instructions for the break-inperiod-listed on page 81.
Starting the engine
The selector lever must be in Neutral or
Park. If one of the driving positions is
engaged a safety switch will prevent the
engine from being started.
Emergency starting
Your Audi with Automatic Transmission
cannot be started by pushing or
If engine does not start because of
discharged battery, the vehicle can be
started with jumper cables. Refer to
"Emergency starting with jumper cables".
Should the engine fail to start consult
your nearest Audi dealer.

§ Always apply the foot brake
before selecting a driving position
while the vehicle is stationary.
Your vehicle is equipped with an Automatic Shift Lock (ASL). To move the
selector lever out of the P-Park and
out of the N-Neutral position (when
stationary or at speeds below 3 mph/
5 km/h) you must depress the brake
When the selector lever is in a driving
position, the vehicle may creep even
at idle speed. Therefore, do not release the parking brake or foot brake
until you are ready to move, because
power is transmitted to the wheels as
soon as a driving position is engaged,
§ Do not accelerate while selecting
a driving position. At this time the engine must run at idle speed so that no
undue stress will be placed on the automatic clutches in the transmission.
§ Never have any driving position
engaged when checking under the
hood. Make sure the selector lever is
securely locked into the P position
with the parking brake firmly set.
Otherwise, any increase in engine
speed may set the vehicle in motion,
even with the parking brake applied.



Never shift into Reverse (R) or
Park (P) when the vehicle is in motion.
§ Do not remove the key from the
ignition/steering lock until you have
parked the vehicle, otherwise the
steering wheel will lock,
§ If the selector lever is unintentionally moved into Neutral (N) while
driving, take your foot off the accelerator pedal and wait until the engine
speed has dropped to idle before selecting a driving position.
When alternating between forward (D}
and reverse (R) -for instance, while
maneuvering the vehicle into a tight
parking space – only shift when the
vehicle has come to a full stop and the
engine is running at idle speed.
When parking your car, move the
selector lever into the P-Park position.
Apply the parking brake and switch off
the ignition.

Do not leave the selector lever in the
Neutral position or any driving position.
The warning buzzer will sound when you
open the driver's door with the selector
lever not in the P-Park position. If you
park on a hill, turn your front wheels
toward the curb.
Stuck in snow, mud or sand
When alternating between forward (D)
and reverse (R) in an effort to free the
vehicle, depress the accelerator pedal
slightly while the transmission is in gear,
and release the accelerator pedal while
shifting. Do not race the engine and
avoid spinning the wheels. Do not
repeat "rocking" back and forth with
wheels spinning at high engine speed
and heavy throttle, as serious damage
may be caused to the automatic
transmission and other critical parts.
Kickdown device
The kickdown device gives maximum
acceleration when the accelerator pedal
is pressed down past the full throttle
position. Depending on road speed and
engine speed, the upshift is either
delayed (forced throttle) or the
transmission changes down into the next
lower gear.
Be careful when using the kickdown
on slippery roads. Rapid acceleration
may cause skidding.

When stopping briefly, at a traffic
light for example, it is not necessary to
move the selector lever to Park or
Neutral. Simply step on the foot brake.
To start again, remove your foot from the
foot brake to the accelerator pedal and
carefully accelerate.
§ The driving positions must never be
used for holding the vehicle at rest uphill.
Always use your foot brakes when
stopped on inclines.


§ Never get out of the driver's seat
when the engine is running and the
selector is not securely locked in the
"P" position.
§ If you must leave the vehicle
move the selector fever securely into
the "P" position and apply parking
brake firmly.
if the vehicle has to be towed at any time,
you must read the instructions in the
section "Emergency towing" on page


The steering is equipped with an antitheft ignition lock.


Switch positions
1. - Ignition off/steering can be locked.
Pull out the key and turn steering
wheel until it locks.
§ This position only locks the
steering wheel and not the shift
control lever. Sudden and unexpected
vehicle movement may occur if the
shift control lever is moved out of P
(Park) (automatic transmission) or out
of gear (manual transmission) and the
parking brake is not firmly set.
§ Never remove key from steering
lock or turn key off white the vehicle is
moving. The steering wheel will lock,
causing loss of control.
2. - Ignition on/steering free. If it is
difficult to turn the key from position 1
to 2, gently move the steering wheel
until the key turns freely.
3. - Starter engages.
4. - Key returns to position 2 as soon as
it is released.
"Starting procedures" see following
In position 3, the power supply to
headlights, windshield wipers, blower
motor and rear window defogger is
temporarily interrupted to conserve
battery power.

Before the starter can be operated again
the key must be turned back to position 1.
The non-repeat lock in the ignition switch
prevents the starter from being operated
when engine is running as this could
damage the starter.
In position 2 and 3 several warning/
indicator lights will come on. Refer to
"Warning/indicator lights" for details.
If you leave the key in the ignition/
steering lock, the chime will sound when
the driver's door is opened. This is your
reminder to remove the key.

§ Fasten safety bells before driving.
§ Never start or let the engine run in
a confined or enclosed, unventilated
area. Exhaust fumes from the engine
contain carbon monoxide, which is a
colorless and odorless gas. Carbon
monoxide can be fatal if inhaled.
§ Never leave engine idling unattended. An unattended vehicle with a
running engine is potentially hazardous.
§ Do not park or operate the vehicle
in areas where the hot exhaust system
may come in contact with dry grass,
brush, fuel spill or other material
which can cause a fire.
§ Do not leave engine unattended at
idle. When starting engine, be ready to
drive off immediately. Maintain moderate speed until your engine is completely warm. Remember that your engine performs best at operating temperature.
Automatic Transmission
Engine will only start with selector lever
in Neutral or Park.

Manual Transmission
Start with gearshift lever in Neutral,
clutch pedal depressed, so that the
starter only has to crank the engine.

Do not stop engine immediately after
hard or extended driving. Keep engine
running for about two minutes to
prevent excessive heat build-up.

Starting engine
Do not depress accelerator pedal
while starting. This applies at any outside
§ As soon as the engine starts,
release the ignition key.
§ If the engine does not start the first
time or stalls, turn the ignition off and
§ Operate the starter for no more than
10 seconds.
§ Allow about 30 seconds between
each starting attempt.
§ When starting a very hot engine, it
may be necessary to slightly depress the
accelerator pedal after starting the
If the engine does not start, the fuse for
the electric fuel pump or the fuses for the
engine timing may be blown – see page

§ Before you check anything in the
engine compartment, stop the engine
and let it cool down. Hot components
can burn skin on contact.
§ Never touch the radiator fan
blades. They will rotate spontaneously
when the thermos witch turns the fan
on. The radiator fan switches on
automatically when the coolant or
engine compartment reaches a certain
temperature and will continue to run
{even with the ignition off) until the
temperature drops. This may take up
to about 10 minutes.




1 - Coolant temperature gauge ....... 45
2 - Digital clock ................................ 45
3 - Tachometer ................................ 45
4 - Speedometer/odometer with reset
knob for trip odometer................ 46



Fuel gauge ................................. 46
Engine oil temperature gauge.... 46
Engine oil pressure gauge ......... 46
Voltmeter .................................... 46

Instrument illumination..............46
Auto-Check System knob.........53
Setting knob for the
digital clock ...............................45
10 - Warning/indicator lights............47
11 - Auto-Check System display .....52
12 - Trip computer display ...............56

1 – Coolant temperature gauge
When the ignition is switched on the
needle in the coolant temperature gauge
will indicate the temperature of the
Engine cold
Avoid high engine speeds and heavy
throttle application when the needle is
still on the left of the dial.
Normal temperature
During normal running the needle will
settle somewhere in the middle of the
If the engine is working hard at high
ambient temperatures, the needle may
also go further to the right, but this is no
cause for concern provided that the
coolant temperature warning light
does not start flashing.
Warning light
If the coolant warning light (see page 48)
or the light in the Auto-Check System
{see page 54) lights up while driving, the
engine may be overheated because of
low coolant level. Move the vehicle a safe
distance off the road, stop the engine and
lift the emergency flasher switch lever up.

WARNINGS and further details see
page 54 and 113.
Do not install accessories (additional
lights or insect screens, for example)
on top of the front bumper. They may
restrict engine cooling.
2 – Digital clock
The digital clock is incorporated in the
tachometer dial. Pull out and turn the
knob (see position 9) as follows to set the
§ Turn all the way to the left to set the
§ Turn all the way to the right to set
the minutes.
The hours or minutes will advance
continuously if the knob is turned and

To set the clock accurately to the second:
§ Turn the knob to the right and hold
until the clock reads one minute before
the time to beset.
§ Turn the knob to the right again
briefly to coincide with a radio time
signal, or when the seconds reading on
an accurate wrist watch reaches a full
3 – Tachometer
The red area at the end of the scale
indicates the maximum permissible
engine rpm (revolutions per minute) for
all gears after the break-in period. Before
reaching this area, the next higher gear
should be selected or the foot eased on
the accelerator pedal. Earlier shifting
saves fuel and reduces noise.
Shift to the next lower gear when the
engine rpm drops below 1500 rpm.

where applicable


4 – Speedometer/Odometer
The speedometer indicates road speed.
The odometer indicates the distance
USA models: Miles
Canada models: Kilometers
To record a distance, reset the trip
odometer to zero by pressing the button.
The last digit in red indicates 1/10 of a
mile or kilometer.
5 – Fuel gauge
The needle in the fuel gauge will indicate
the fuel level in the tank shortly after the
ignition is turned on or the engine is
The fuel tank capacity is 21 gal/80 liters.
When the needle reaches the red area,
there is a reserve of 3.2 USAgai/12 liters
of fuel left in the tank. Time to refuel.
6 – Engine oil temperature gauge
Engine oil temperature is measured in
degrees Celsius from 60 °C (140 °F) to
170 °C (338 °F). With needle around
60 °C, do not accelerate under full load.


If the needle moves into the upper zone
in exceptional cases, the engine speed
must be reduced. The needle should
then return to the normal zone.
If the needle stays in upper zone, stop
the vehicle, switch off the engine and
check the oil level. If the oil level is
correct and the oil pressure warning light
does not flash when the engine is
started, you can drive on to the next Audi
dealer but do not run engine at high
7 – Engine oil pressure gauge
Oil pressure in the engine is shown in
bar. Should engine oil pressure drop
suddenly (below 1.8 bar) while driving, a
warning light will flash or three warning
tones will sound and the oil pressure
warning light in the Auto-Check System
will flash.
Pull safely off the road and stop.
Let the engine cool down before
checking the engine oil level. Add engine
oil if necessary.
If engine oil pressure does not return to
normal, do not continue to operate the
vehicle. Have your Audi dealer locate
and correct the cause promptly.

8 – Voltmeter
The voltmeter in the instrument cluster
shows the voltage for the vehicle's total
electrical system. The normal reading
should be between 12 and 15 volts. If the
voltage should drop below 12 volts while
the engine is running, have the electrical
system (battery and alternator) inspected
by your Audi dealer. See also pages 49
and 55.
When starting your vehicle, the voltage
may drop below 8 volts.
9 – Instrument illumination
With the lights switched on, you can
adjust the brightness of the instrument
panel and the center console by turning
the knob in the instrument cluster located
next to the coolant temperature gauge –
see page 44.
10 – Warning/indicator lights
see page 47,
11 – Auto-Check System
see page 52.
12 – Trip computer
see page 56.

Your vehicle is equipped with several
important indicator and warning devices
to monitor the continued reliable
operation of your vehicle. Familiarize
yourself with these devices so if one
should come on you know what to do.
Failure to heed applicable warnings and
important vehicle information may result
in serious persona! injury or vehicle

§ Whenever stalled or stopped for
repair, move the vehicle a safe
distance off the road, stop the engine
and turn on the emergency flasher
(see page 65).


The engine compartment of any
motor vehicle is a potentially hazardpus area. Before you check anything
in the engine compartment, stop the
engine and let it cool down. Always
exercise extreme caution when
working under the engine hood. Heed
all of the WARNINGS on page 102.




Check coolant level. Top up as
necessary (see "Adding coolant", page
- Engine oil pressure

Vehicles without
Auto-Check System
– Coolant temperature/
coolant level

If the light flashes when driving, either the
coolant temperature is too high or the
coolant level in the expansion tank is too
§ Pull off the road, lift the emergency
flasher switch lever up and turn off the
engine and let it cool down. For further
details see "Coolant temperature gauge”
on page 45 and 113.

- Emission Control
System (ECS)
see page 51.

If this light comes on, it indicates that the
engine oil pressure is too low.
Pull off the road and stop the engine
immediately, let it cool down and
check the engine oil level and add oil,
if necessary.
If engine oil level is normal, but the
light comes on again, do not continue
to operate the vehicle. This could
damage the engine.
Turn the engine off and contact the
nearest Audi dealer for assistance.
The oil pressure warning light is not
an indicator for low engine oil level.
To check the oil level, always use
dipstick (see page 105).
temperature gauge see page 46.
Make it a habit to have the engine oil
level checked with every fuel filling.


where applicable

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